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Ocean County Commissioners Approve Purchase of 4-Acre Brick Property for Preservation

20 Brower Lane, Brick Township, N.J. (Credit: Google Earth)

20 Brower Lane, Brick Township, N.J. (Credit: Google Earth)

A parcel of land in Brick Township measuring more than four acres in area will be permanently preserved following a vote by the Ocean County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday.

The commissioners approved the purchase of the property at 20 Brower Lane, located south of Drum Point Road and west of Baywood Boulevard. The tract measures 4.6-acres in area.

The commissioners authorized the purchase through the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust after the group recommended the acquisition. The agreed-upon selling price was $205,000, plus up to $950 in property tax adjustments. According to tax records, the property is owned by a family trust based in Clifton, N.J. The parcel’s property tax obligation was $3,901 last year. There are no buildings on the lot and it is primarily wooded with some flatland area. The Brower Lane property is located in the R10 zone, a residential zone which calls for single-family homes on 10,000 square foot lots.

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Ocean County funded the entirety of the purchase, and the land will be placed into the trust for permanent preservation. The property is adjacent to the Airport Tract, another large parcel that was preserved decades ago which takes its name from a small airport which used to operate there. Land preserved by the county is open to the public if accessible, but only for passive recreation such as walking or bird-watching.

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